Day 104-105: Ask These Four Key Interview Questions!

In, How to Lead by the BOOK, I will suggest seven key character traits to look for and over a dozen questions to ask to determine if an applicant has these traits. Here are some interview reminders, along with a sampling of questions you can put to use right away:

For starters, it’s helpful to assemble a checklist of character traits that are most important to you, and then fashion questions to help determine those qualities. I’ve included seven traits, with fifteen questions to help determine those traits. When you receive an answer to an interview question, always follow up with deeper probing: “How did you do that?”

“What did you learn?”

“Why would you say that?”

“What mistakes did you make that you’d fix if you did it all over again?”

“Describe the biggest decision you made to get that result”

“What were the three toughest changes you had to make to get from where you were to where you are?”

“Explain resistance you had to overcome and how you did it.”

You’ll weed out exaggeration and glean a glimpse of the candidate’s true nature as you dig deeper to follow up your initial questions.

Remember, you can teach skills and knowledge but you cannot teach character! In Acts 6:5, when the disciples chose seven key men to assist in the growing church’s duties, it reports: And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit. Prior to their selection process, the criteria they established for the new recruits was: Therefore brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business…Acts 6:3.

The apostles set a clear and powerful example with their established criteria: character counts! Hire it in! Here are key traits to look for and questions that help you determine their existence within an applicant:

Two character traits and related interview questions

1). Character trait: truthfulness. Therefore, putting away all lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another. Ephesians 4:25.

Is there anything wrong with telling a caller/vendor/someone asking for a contribution etc. that someone is not in, even if he or she is?

Has a former boss ever asked you to tell a white lie? How did you handle it?

2). Character trait: work ethic. And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. Matthew 5:41

Could you define for me what you believe doing a good job is? A great job?

In your last job, what particular task or project do you believe you did a great job with? Be specific. Explain why you feel it was a great job.

How to Lead by THE BOOK will cover five other character traits and many supporting questions, but these will help you start on the road to conducting interviews more focused on uncovering the essential moral traits a great candidate must bring to your table.

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